EXCLUSIVE: Ainsley Maitland-Niles makes Premier League transfer decision as Arsenal set fee


Arsenal midfielder Ainsley Maitland-Niles is unlikely to make his loan move to Roma permanent as he plans to return to the Gunners in the summer to resolve his future.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is set to make a Premier League return this summer.

Arsenal midfielder Maitland-Niles, 24, is on loan at Roma in Serie A but is likely to come back to English football when his temporary switch concludes.

That is certain to put Premier League clubs on alert with Arsenal likely to allow him to leave the Emirates as the England international has one year left on his current contract.

Maitland-Niles went to Roma in January to play under Jose Mourinho with the hope of regular games and also a change to expand his horizons to put him back in the England frame.

Arteta was happy to allow Maitland-Niles the opportunity to join the Serie A club on loan with his opportunities to play in the Premier League limited at the Emirates for him this season.

Arteta said earlier this year. “Ainsley came to me and explained the reasons why he thought the best thing for him in his career right now was to move away. He felt the opportunity to go to Rome and work with Jose was a good one. Being fair with the amount of minutes that he’s played he was entitled to that opportunity. We wish him the best.”

Maitland-Niles has made 132 appearances for the Gunners in all competitions, scoring three goals, since he made his debut as a substitute as a 17-year-old in a Champions League group match against Turkish side Galatasaray under former boss Arsene Wenger in December 2014.